Sunday, February 11, 2007

Israel Briefs

Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Reached in MeccaARUTZ SHEVA - By Hana Levi JulianFebruary 9, 2007 - - The warring Fatah and Hamas factions in the Palestinian Authority government reached a deal Thursday night after marathon talks in Mecca.The agreement included a promise by Hamas to “respect” previous peace agreements with Israel, according to the Al-Jazeera network.PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed the deal with Damascus-based arch-terrorist and Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal. ---Saudi Arabian King Abdullah played a pivotal role in forcing the two sides to resolve their issues and wrap up the talks before the start of Friday’s Muslim Sabbath. ---Read Full Article

Gaza Celebrates Unity Deal But U.S., Israel Not so SureARUTZ SHEVA - By Hana Levi Julian and Ezra HaLevi – February 9, 2007 -- Celebratory gunfire erupted in the streets of Gaza after news that a Fatah- Hamas unity deal was reached Thursday night. The U.S. and Israel greeted the news with caution. ---Read Full Article

Rockets Strike Western Negev and AshkelonARUTZ SHEVA - By Ezra HaLevi - February 8, 2007 -- Kassam rockets from Gaza struck the western Negev Thursday. One hit southern Ashkelon. The Supreme Court called for increased armoring of Gaza-region communities. ---Read Full Article

Tunnels Add to Negev Residents' ConcernsARUTZ SHEVA - By Hillel Fendel - February 8, 2007 -- - -- General Security Service (Shabak) chief Yuval Diskin told reporters this week that Israel is aware of "more than ten" tunnels being dug from Gaza towards Israeli communities. The objective is not only to smuggle terrorists out of Gaza into Israel, but also possibly to detonate explosives under the towns. ---Read Full Article

Armed Clash Across the Northern Border ARUTZ SHEVA - By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz - February 8, 2007 -- Lebanese and Israeli army forces exchanged warning shots and shelling across the border Wednesday night, as Israeli sweeps for Hizbullah mines continue. ---Read Full Article

Hamas: We seized American weapons WORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - February 1, 2007 -- JERUSALEM -- Hamas today carried out an ambush in which it obtained an American weapons shipment transferred last night to militias in the Gaza Strip associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, top Hamas officials told WND. ---The U.S. weapons were provided to Abbas purportedly to bolster Fatah forces against Hamas, according to defense sources. The two factions have engaged in nearly two months of deadly clashes after Abbas called for new Palestinian elections in a move widely seen as an attempt to dismantle the Hamas-led PA. --- Read Full Article

Iranian agents caught in GazaPalestinians say 7 military trainers including Revolutionary Guard general capturedWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - February 1, 2007 -- JERUSALEM -- Security forces associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party today captured seven Iranian military trainers – including a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards – at a purported Hamas training facility in the Gaza Strip, Fatah security officials told WND.The Fatah officials said a raid of the Hamas dominated Islamic University in Gaza yielded the Iranian agents, 1,000 Qassam rockets and equipment to manufacture the Qassams. According to the Fatah officials, one of the Iranian agents attempted suicide prior to his capture. ---Earlier this month, WND quoted Fatah and Israeli intelligence officials stating Hamas members have been flying to Iran for advanced military training with Iranian Revolutionary guard units and Hezbollah militants.The Israeli officials said they fear the training will greatly improve Hamas' military capability in any future battle with Israeli troops in Gaza. They said Hamas was seeking to learn from Hezbollah military tactics used against Israel during this summer's war in Lebanon. ---Read Full Article

Groups Head to Emirates, as Worries Grow Over IranFORWARD – By Marc Perelman - January 19, 2007 -- The main umbrella group of American Jewish organizations is set to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi next month in a sign of the growing concern among Sunni regimes over Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions.The trip, by a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to the main power centers of the United Arab Emirates, is notable because the Sunni-majority UAE does not have formal diplomatic ties with Israel. ---The UAE has no diplomatic ties with Israel and still adheres to the primary Arab boycott against trade with the Jewish state. Even though it abandoned the so- called secondary and tertiary boycotts against third- party firms that trade with Israel, the American Jewish delegation will not be flying directly from Israel; instead it will travel via Amman, Jordan, to reach the UAE. ---Read Full Article

Did the President Declare a "Secret War" Against Syria and Iran?GLOBAL RESEARCH: CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON GLOBALIZATION - by Steve Clemons - January 13, 2007 -- Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran. The President may have started a new secret, informal war against Syria and Iran without the consent of Congress or any broad discussion with the country.The bare outlines of that order may have appeared in President Bush's Address to the Nation last night outlining his new course on Iraq:Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. ---Read Full ArticleLe Pen: Anti-Semitism can be funnyFrench far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been trying to soften his image to attract new voters before next year's presidential election, said on Thursday he believed anti-Semitism could be funny. ----Asked on BFM radio whether it was Dieudonne's anti- Semitism that he found funny, Le Pen responded: "Yes, that can also be funny. There should be no subject that escapes criticism or irony. It all depends on how it is treated." ---Read Full Article

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